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WHAT EVERY COUPLE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE STATISTICS

Nov 13, 2013

What Every Couple Needs To Know About Divorce Statistics

This post was originally published on Your Tango.

I'll bet you've heard at least one of these statistics about divorce:

• 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce

• More than 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce

• More than 70 percent of third marriages end in divorce

Every time I read stats like these divorce statistics, I'm reminded of a grad school buddy of mine, Cheng Ling. When I joined the research group, Cheng was one of the senior grad students. He'd been in the group for a couple of years and had a reputation for being a comedian. One day after I'd been a part of the group for about a year, he walked into my office and asked what I was doing. I told him I was working on my statistics homework. He started laughing and told me that statistics were all lies. I assumed he was joking with me again, but he assured me he wasn't and kept on laughing. 

I was shocked! How could statistics be lies? Here I was, taking a course on statistics to help me with my dissertation work. I needed to take the class because statistics were how you "proved" your research. I told him I didn't believe him. He continued to laugh and asked me to come with him to his office across the hall because he had a book he wanted to share with me. Happy for the excuse to stop working on my homework, I followed Cheng across the hall and into his office. 

For the complete article, check out Your Tango.

By Karen Finn 

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